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ERIC Number: EJ852344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1529-0824
Site-Specific Dance: Promoting Social Awareness in Choreography
MacBean, Arianne
Journal of Dance Education, v4 n3 p97-99 2004
Site-specific dance, which is often defined as dance that occurs outside of the conventional theater space, challenges choreographers to look at, listen to, feel, and think about the space in which the dance is performed. It also asks audiences to be active participants in the performance experience. The dances have to be informed by the space and the audience members are equally responsible for the success of the piece. An important triad of inter-connectivity is established with site-specific dance. Using site-specific exercises in contemporary dance composition classes can offer students the opportunity to reflect on their own culture. In this article, the author offers some guidelines to follow when using site-specific dance in choreography curriculum. The author also presents a few in-class exercises that will help students understand the mechanisms at work in site-specific dance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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